There is no shortage of health lies out there. Fat makes me fat, whole grains are good for me, diet soda helps me lose weight and keep the weight off, etc. I believe the truth is slowly but surely starting to seep out into the public. Many mainstream health providers are guilty of spreading dietary myths and misconceptions that lead to poor heath outcomes. I want to spotlight 6 of them right here.
Lie #1: Saturated Fat Causes Heart Disease.
The national academies' institute of medicine recommends adults to get 45-65% of their calories from carbs, 20-35% from fat, and 10-35% from protein. This is an inverse ideal fat to carb ratio that is virtually guaranteed to lead you astray, and result in heightened risk of chronic disease. Most people benefit from 50-70% healthy fats in their diet for optimal health, whereas you need very few, if any carbs to maintain good health.
The truth is, fats from animals and vegetable sources provide the building blocks for cell membranes and a variety of hormones and hormone-like substances. Without them, your body can not function optimally.
Lie #2: Eating fat will make you fat.
The primary cause of excess weight gain and all chronic diseases is actually consumption of too much sugar. Grains, cereals, pastas, breads - are all hidden sources of sugar that cause weight gain and disease. Yes, whole grains too!
Lie #3: Artificial sweeteners are safe sugar-replacements for Diabetics and help promote weight loss.
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